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Originally posted by Willy Franzen on September 7, 2013. Updated through a sponsorship agreement.
Posted by Willy Franzen on September 7, 2013. Positions below updated every five minutes.
|US - West, Central and North Africa Program Support Internship||Portland, OR|
|On-Call Assistant Program Officer (219469-927)||Portland, OR|
|Assistant Program Officer-NWC Africa||Portland, OR|
|US - Global Envision Contributor Internship||Portland, OR|
|Mercy Corps Northwest - Microfinance and Microlending Internship||Portland, OR|
|Development Officer, Prospect Research and Private Grants (219398-927)||Portland, OR|
|Social Worker (73A)||United States|
|Global Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) Specialist||Portland, OR|
|Physical Therapy Student (65B)||United States|
|Dietetic Student (65C)||United States|
I haven’t developed much of an opinion on the Syria situation yet, but I know that there are some things that everyone can agree on. One is that we need people looking out for the country’s children. More than a million kids have already fled the war, and there was a non-profit working to help them well before Syria became a staple of the evening news. It’s called Mercy Corps, and it’s a Portland, OR based organization that helps “people in the world’s toughest places survive the crises they confront and turn them into opportunities to thrive.” (Here’s what they’re doing in Syria.) They got their start in 1979 by raising $1 million to provide aid in Cambodia, and ever since they’ve been doing work all over the world.
Mercy Corps is one of those non-profits that you can give money to confidently. They have a four-star Charity Navigator rating because 88% of their funds go directly to programming. You can see what the money is spent on by reading about Mercy Corps’ work. All of the work is done with three core beliefs in mind:
One might think that a non-profit that has been around for nearly 35 years might get a little outdated in the way it works, but Mercy Corps has stayed focused on innovation over the years. If you’d like to help them keep innovating, take a look at Mercy Corps’ Careers page. Right now they have a few positions worth considering including Online Learning Coordinator and Assistant Program Officer – Innovation Investment Alliance and Japan. Take a look and see if either of the positions makes sense for you. There are also quite a few International opportunities to consider as well.
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